By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on April 22, 2014
The Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates’ rivalry got more intense after a brawl took place on Easter Sunday. Carlos Gomez is at the center of attention, although there are several players on both teams who are responsible. Of course, it wasn’t the first time Gomez has lost his cool. Along with the center fielder, who are 10 MLB players who need an attitude adjustment?
Brian McCann is considered to be the self-anointed enforcer of baseball. On more than one occasion, he has felt the need to educate batters on how to properly follow suit after hitting a home run. The only problem is that it isn’t his job to police the other players. Getting in the face of Jose Fernandez and preventing Carlos Gomez from touching home plate after a home run is ridiculous.
Why everyone is making a big deal out of Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams benching Bryce Harper is mind blowing. Harper didn’t run all the way to first base, which is required of every player on every team. Even though he was clearly going to be out, it’s the principle of never giving up on a play. Harper has had an attitude problem since he was 17 years old. Apparently, he feels the need to regress to his teenage behavior.
Josh Beckett has been known to do a lot for the community, but that doesn’t excuse the poor attitude that he has displayed so many times in the past. One of the leading reasons the Boston Red Sox decided to trade Beckett was because there were several members of the organization who were sick of how he conducted himself. Beckett has been a good teammate for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but that doesn’t excuse his ability to be defiant.
Russell Martin is a tremendous catcher, but the attitude he displayed after Sunday’s brawl against the Brewers was outrageous. It doesn’t matter what happened, a professional baseball player can’t challenge others to an organized fight in the offseason. That’s what happened when Martin was quoted as challenging Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado to a charity fight. Martin should know better than that, especially being a role model for kids.
Getting booed in the home opener can’t be good for one’s mental stability. The boo birds soared when Jonathan Papelbon was introduced in front of the Philadelphia Phillies fans. His performance from last season was a large part of it. However, it also had to do with the fact that he seems eager to blame others for his mistakes. If there is anyone on this list who absolutely needs an attitude adjustment, it’s Papelbon.
Saying Yasiel Puig has maturity issues is putting it lightly. He seems to get on the bad side of veteran players and managers alike. The reality is he’s still a young guy and has plenty of room to grow into a stellar player. The only way that will happen is if he addresses his negative issues, which can be first accomplished by improving his teamwork.
Last season, Carlos Quentin stormed the mound after Zack Greinke plunked him with a pitch. The brawl led to a suspension for Quentin, while others questioned his character. In general, Quentin has a bad attitude. Not towards the game of baseball, which he respects plenty, but towards everyone around the game.
Hanley Ramirez’s attitude has certainly improved over the years, but that doesn’t mean he should be excused from this list. Like Beckett, he has improved his ways since joining the Dodgers. With that being said, it wouldn’t take much to set him off and bring out the old version of him. Ramirez’s issues with poor attitude result mostly from a lack of hustle on the field.
Brian Wilson’s unique personality is something people either love or hate, there’s really no middle ground. Whether it’s his antics on and off the field, lashing out at team CEOs or overall bizarre behavior, Wilson can easily get on the nerves of his peers. An attitude adjustment is something that might need to happen, especially if his production continues to dwindle.
Gomez admits that he sometimes goes over the top with his emotions. Instead of simply letting it go when players yell at him, he tries to start a fight. It’s that attitude that could cost Milwaukee dearly down the road. Sure, the Brewers like to see him play with passion, but his attitude needs to be adjusted in order to stay calmer in intense situations.
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